NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has just celebrated its 3000th day on Mars by taking a remarkable picture of the Red Planet.
The rover, which landed on the Martian surface on August 6, 2012, took the image of Gale Crater, including Mount Sharpe, the massive mountain located inside the crater. In a statement accompanying the achievement, NASA said the image showed a “series of rock benches” that surprised scientists.
“Our research team is excited to find out how they formed and what they mean for Gail’s ancient environment,” said Ashvin Vasavada, a Curiosity project scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
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The panoramic image is composed of 122 images taken on November 18, 2020, the 2946th sol (or day) of Mars. Martian evil is a little longer than a day on Earth, 24 hours, 39 minutes.
In August, the rover Curiosity Mars celebrated eight years on the Red Planet. At the time, NASA noted the achievement, noting that it had traveled more than 14 miles at that time, drilling 26 rock samples and collecting six soil samples to determine that ancient Mars was “truly livable.”
During his time on Mars, the rover made a number of discoveries, including the discovery of an “unusually high” level of methane on the Red Planet.
As of August 2019, scientists are still unsure what caused the methane. Some scientists rule out that the jump was caused by wind erosion of rocks that trapped methane from liquid inclusions and fractures on the surface of the Red Planet.
On Earth, methane is produced from both biological and geological sources.
In 2018, NASA revealed that the rover had discovered organic molecules.
In addition, the rover has taken many pictures of the planet, as well as those of Earth and Venus from her point of view. In August 2020, the rover spotted a dust devil traveling on the surface of Mars.
The Curiosity rover will join the Red Planet from the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover, which is scheduled to land on the Jezero crater on Mars on February 18, 2021. The duration of the mission on the surface of the Red Planet is at least one Martian year or about 687 days.
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